My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,byย Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock,ย using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Knitting the Threads of Time


I received a review copy of Knitting the Threads of Time by Nora Murphy a few weeks ago, and just found time to read it this week.

This was a very enjoyable read. The author, a mom to two sons who lives in Minnesota, is asked by her younger son to knit him a sweater. The book chronicles in detail the creation of that sweater, from going to the yarn shop to pick out yarn and pattern, to the completion and wearing of the sweater.

Along the way, Murphy talks about cultures and traditions associated with textile creation throughout the ages and draws parallels between her knitting experience and the experiences of women throughout time. It was quite a pleasant little history lesson for me, without being dry or pedantic.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the play-by-play commentary on the sweater that the author is knitting. She was new to sweater knitting, and it was fun for me to guess what pitfalls she would find in the process, particularly because her son chose a rather challenging pattern.

It was a good read, very well-written. Who’d like to read it next?

Leave a comment to this entry if you’d like to receive my copy and the random number generator will select a winner tomorrow (that’s February 26) afternoon.


Thanks for weighing in with your experiences with the Kollage square needles. Based on your comments, I think I’ll wait until I have the opportunity to see them in person (in person? in needle?) before I plunk down the bucks for some.

I did, however, order a couple of Addi Turbos in the 20″ length, based on Annette’s comment that the 20-inchers have a shorter needle than the 24-inchers, and are easier to manipulate. I’ll be sure to report back when I get them. I’ve got scads of 24-inchers but nary a 20-incher.

I ordered them, by the way, from Angelika’s Yarn Store. Just wanted to tell you thatย  because I always get great service and super speedy shipping from Angelika’s. The store is located in Oregon, so it always surprises me how quickly my order gets to me here on the East Coast via priority mail. Now watch — I bet I’ve shot myself in the foot on that one. The postal service will probably lose my package. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And that was a nice segue into my postal rant. What the heck is going on with the postal service? I have had priority mail packages (with tracking and delivery confirmation) sent to me in the past few months that have taken ages to reach me.ย  One from New York to me that took five days. One from Mississippi that took 9 days. (And the person who sent that one sent me something later first class that took 2 days.) And one from North Carolina that was mailed February 2 that still has not reached me.

There. I feel better. But I still want my package that was mailed on February 2.

The Perfume Quest

This week I have tested some Boucheron perfumes (Jaipur Saphire, Trouble, Miss Boucheron) and Amouage Dia. They are all nice, but none of them make me go “Wow!” so I’ll keep looking and testing.

Want to know a great site for buying perfume samples? The Perfumed Court.

It can be addictive. Be afraid.

Lucy Sez:


“My favorite scent is eau de poulet.


  1. I would give this book a good read, a good home and pass it along when I was finished…so here I am in Michigan (upper peninsula) keeping my fingers crossed…(they’re much warmer that way).

  2. I’d love that book, please.

  3. I love knitting and reading! The book sounds wonderful. Thank you for always keeping me inspired with your beautiful knitting. (And I’m glad you’re feeling better!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. That looks like a neato book!

    KnitStephs last blog post..I donโ€™t usually do thisโ€ฆ

  5. The book sounds fascinating. I think the new motto of the Postal Service should be “We may not be good, but we are slow!”

  6. Well since I have NEVER knitted a sweater this book would be a great one for me to read. I really wantt o learn. Maybe I’ll find favor with the random generator this time.

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Tuesday- Contest Day #24- Pass The Marshmallow Please

  7. I love your blog where else can I go for a book review, Knitting info and Eau de Poulet!

  8. I would love to win the book. Please add me to your list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I sent a shawl to Michigan from Massachusetts – it got there in TWO DAYS! Amazing when it takes the same amount of time for something to travel 70 miles to me from Boston.

    Has Miss Lucy considered making an infusion of catnip her signature scent?

    Please enter me in the number generator – it would be different for me to read a paper book instead of audio ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Ooooh, a book! I’d love a crack at it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hi Wendy –
    Thanks for the chance at the book, and thanks for the link to the Perfumed Court… so many fragrances to try!

  12. Would love to win the book. I enjoy your book reviews, and everything else about your blog!!

  13. Thanks for all the feedback on needles. I’d love to be entered for the book as well. Thanks for the great review!

  14. i would really like to read the book sounds like a great interesing read. I have been interested in yarn for the past few years. i have yet to make a trip to a yarn festival but looks like fun

  15. Please add me to those who want the book too — It’s on my list of books to find at the library; (and, give Lucy a scratch under the chin for me — my cat loves that spot!)

  16. WOOT NORTH CAROLINA!! oh and put me in the drawing for the book

  17. Thanks for keeping me informed about the knitting world! I’d like to read the book.

  18. I would love to read that book (in my spare time.) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kimberlys last blog post..Ants in my Pants

  19. I’m from Minnesota do you think the random number counter will be able to tell and pick me for the book? ๐Ÿ™‚ hope so

  20. Margie from Maryland says:

    Pick me ! Pick me!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. I’d love the book. And as always, thanks for making it available.

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Green, Green

  22. Oh, I’d love to read that book – it sounds great!

  23. Book? Yes please, put me in!
    Lucy is a chicken girl? My old cat would kill for anything pork–chops, bacon, roast, he’ll sit next to you and drool. At 18 years old, he gets to lick the juice off the plate now.

  24. Thanks for the information on the book.

    My recent experiences with the post office have been varied. Some slow deliveries, but also a priority mail from the west coast in 4 delivery days.

    Inas last blog post..Watch cap

  25. I’d love to read that book too, sounds really interesting!

  26. me, me… Wendy Pick me!!!!

  27. oh, that sounds like a good read – i think if i’m not lucky to win, i will look it up at amazon….btw, i’ve enjoyed your recent sock designs.

    debbies last blog post..fortune cookie

  28. You describe the kind of book I like: full of conversations, even if only with the self.

  29. Ooooh, can I cass my rant about the P.O. too! I’m STILL waiting for a book mailed Media Mail January 26th from Anaheim, CA to Seatle, WA. Sheesh, I could have walked it faster.

  30. I’d like a chance at the book please!

    Vickis last blog post..Hey Blog..

  31. Wendy, I srarted to knit a sock with yourwaterfall sock pattern and I like it very well. I might make a second pair of te same pattern Thanks, Elaine

  32. I would love to read that book!

  33. Book, knitting, Minnesota — what’s not to like? Put my name in the hat.

    kmkats last blog post..The job. Kathy needs. Candy bars.

  34. Try Cachet….old school but wonderful….the post office s*&^s but they are still going up on postage rates this year again….and I can’t wait to hear what you think about the 20″ needles.

  35. Sounds like a great book. As for the post office, my daughter has received roughly a ton of ‘please come to our college’ mail this year, but my mail seems to be somewhere in limbo. Perhaps the mailman is using it to support his now strained back..:)

  36. Love gardenia perfume oil from Body Time……a SF / bay area store…….don’t like regular perfume & a “little dab” goes a long way!!…….book sounds interesting… the “connecting with women who went before” aspect

  37. I would love to read this, having completely messed up my first sweater and needing someone to relate to.

  38. Oh I would love to read the book next.

    I understand your problems with the post office. I sent a package from Wyoming to California with delivery confirmation, a week later I checked the USPS website where it showed the package had been delivered but the person I sent it to did not have it. Several days later my postman brought the package back to me and wanted to charge me $9.85 to give it back. I asked why it had not been delivered and they had no reason just that it was returned and I needed to pay for them to bring it back. There was no problem with the address but there was a new delivery person at the destination and for some reason he didn’t deliver it and decided to send it back to me at my cost. VERY FRUSTRATING. I think they are going to put themselves out of business.

  39. I would love to read Knitting the Threads of Time next!

    Astabeths last blog post..Uneven Spinning and Other Things

  40. I would love to read it next! (And if I’m so lucky, I will pass it on to another lucky knitter when I’m done.)

  41. That book sounds like its being written at my house! I just started my first full size sweater (you know, not a baby sweater or a sock). And it’s just barely past the bottom cuff. I love passing books around!

    nikkapotamuss last blog post..FQ Swap in Green!

  42. This is book would be good to read and pass on as another giveaway from my blog if I won it-we could all sign it and see where it would travel! Thanks for your generousity at any rate!

    Cindys last blog post..Some Knitting

  43. Sounds like a great book.

    Seems like lots of people are looking for new perfume right now. Thanks for the links!

    Melissas last blog post..What Makes a Good Blog?

  44. That book sounds wonderful, and as always your current socks are wonderful.

    saffitys last blog post..Tying up some loose ends

  45. Pick me, pick me! I’ve heard wonderful things about that book!

  46. Donna in Ely says:

    I think priority mail is a waste of money. It does not have any time delivery expectations. It gets there when it gets there. We once had a very important letter sent priority from North Carolina to Montana and it took TWO WEEKS. Pony express would have been faster!! Ok, rant over. I would love to read the book and would pass it along to my librarian daughter in Montana. Thanks for the chance.

  47. Delurking to say…pick me please! Love your site but I can never think of anything clever to say about your posts that hasn’t already been said.

  48. Sounds like the kind of book I need to read. My son has asked me to knit him a sweater and it will also be my first. Maybe I can learn from her mistakes too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kims last blog post..PhotoHunter – Dark

  49. I would so love to read this book, but your giveaways are not why I read your blog. I love Lucy, and I enjoy your knitting adventures, especially the sock ones.

  50. I’d like to read Knitting The Threads of Time. It sounds like day-to-day life for some in many ways.
    Thank you for the fragrance site.

  51. Hi Wendy,
    I’d love to read the book. It sounds like the first sweater I knitted for my then 5-year old son.

  52. I would love to read the book. Thx.

  53. I’m interested in the book! I just finished “the yarn harlot” and im itching for more knitting books.

    My favorite perfume (i only have samples) is Vivienne Westwood “Boudoir”.

    PMOYSs last blog post..Designing

  54. I. want. (Praying to the Random Number god).
    Also — LOVE that perfume site — at least I think I love it..

  55. Hmm, it sounds like this would be really interesting history. *crosses fingers*

    Good luck with the perfume hunt!

    Samanthas last blog post..Dive in.

  56. Thanks again for another opportunity – yes, I’d like to read the book next!

  57. That looks like such a great book. I’ve just recently found this blog and I am enjoying it. Thanks.

  58. Linda from Kansas says:

    Put me down for the book. It does sound very interesting.

  59. Great book review. I’d love to read it and pass it along. For a really different perfume you might like to try Cliniques Elixir. It’s been around for quite a while but such a nice smell.

  60. That book sounds like a wonderful read. I may have to check it out.

    LittleWits last blog post..WIP Wednesday – Leyburn Sock #1

  61. I would love to have a chance to read the book.

    Laura B.s last blog post..Court Reporting Contest – 280 Words Per Minute!

  62. Sure, I would like to have your copy of this new book.

  63. OOO oooo oooo, I wants it, pick me, pick me, pick me….. I’m trying to do some history stuff so pick me pick me pick me

    Sarah O Gs last blog post..varing pics of the leg…

  64. Throw my name into the hat! I’m in the mood for a new book, and nothing on the shelf is calling to me right now.

  65. I would love the book!

    Suzannes last blog post..Happy Monday.

  66. I’d love to read the book! I enjoy knitting fiction as much as pattern books!

  67. I’d love to win the book. It sounds like a lovely read.
    I’ve been frustrated with missing Postal Service packages lately too!

    Debs last blog post..Some Long-Term Projects

  68. Ah, I just added that book to my wish list after seeing in on Brainy Lady’s blog. I give up buying books for Lent, so if I’m not a lucky winner, it will be an Easter present for myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucy looks very, very dignified and ladylike in her photo! I had to chuckle at “eau du poulet.”

    Laianes last blog post..In Which I Demonstrate My Mad Skillz Taking Pictures of My Feet

  69. Just want to say thanks for for sharing a bit of your very talented self.
    I visit your blog daily. Give my love to Lucy. Book sounds great so please put me in

  70. I’d enjoy reading the book, too. And I promise to pass it on.
    I, too, was really interested in all the needle preferences. My all time favorite is Inox Express, which, sadly, I can no longer find in sock sizes. I line Inox grays, but the cable is too soft for me for sock knitting.
    Second favorite is KP. I’ve had no trouble with the small sizes, but I use longer sizes than you do, and besides, their return/exchange policy is superb!

  71. I don’t wear anything scented (not even lotion, with only one or two exceptions), but I’ll happily trade a shot at the book for what little information I do have. Lime’n’Violet is constantly referencing a company called Bee Pal and Violet has a line of scents on From the sound of it they have a lot of variety, a little something for everyone (except anti-scent types like me ;D ),

  72. The book really sounds interesting. I have a couple books on antique samplers but not much on the history of knitting, so I’d love to win it.

    Plain Janes last blog post..Double Duty

  73. I’d love to win—anything!—but if I don’t get the book maybe that increases my chances of winning something I’d like even more—yarn! Thanks for the freebies.

  74. The book sounds great!

  75. Kit in Ohio says:

    What a pretty picture of Lucy!

    I also love Angelika’s Yarn Store and the fast package receiving. Another lovely place is Jimmy Beans Wool in Nevada, also fast. I like Lorna’s Laces yarns and I get it from both places.

  76. Knitting is really all about the process, not merely the finished product. It’s an adventure, sometimes filled with unexpected hurdles, but hopefully mainly with satisfaction as you watch the story unfold…
    Sounds like a great book!

  77. Oooh! just in need of a new book as i dropped off books today at the library!!

    turtles last blog post..quick link!

  78. I would love to read that book!

  79. Being that I’ve never made a sweater yet, I’d love to read a book that chronicles the knitting of one.

    Marys last blog post..Hot, Hot, Hot!

  80. I’d love to read your book. Thanks for sharing.

  81. slimsdotter says:

    I would like to read the book. It might take the edge off the fact that the first sweater I ever made, an aran, given to dd, got washed by her this weekend. In the washer. And I made 6 pairs of felted clogs This Christmas, and she watched me felt them, and knew very well how… never mind. I’m not bitter!

  82. Lucy’s favorite isn’t l’eau du poisson?

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Beach souvenir, and a Lantern Moon event

  83. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    I would love to have the book. I’ve found Angelika’s to be a super place to shop. She always seems to have the needles I want in stock. Service is extremely fast.

  84. I would love to read the book! Thanks for the chance!

  85. The book sounds interesting. I find the older I get the more I want to know about history…….maybe that’s because my history is longer than my future at this point. But I’m still learning!
    I’m having a problem with mail delivery also. Didn’t postage just go up a while back and is going higher??? Maybe service will get better ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And Flora is the name of my favorite grandmother, so I’ll have to have that pattern. (it’s a beautiful design, not to mention the color). Gotta get it all!
    Kollage needles are really nice although I just tried my friends and didn’t really make anything. Dpns have won me over for socks except I feel slowed down by them. I tried using the smallest size Addi but the needle was still too long. Any suggestions? I have never tried 2 needles. Next pair.

  86. Like books. Like postal service. Hope and pray that item being sent tomorrow from MN to WI will arrive by Saturday and that your postal mojo is not contagious just from reading…….yep yep yep

  87. Oh my! You could get lost in all those perfumes! The book sounds like an interesting read. I’d love to win.

  88. Sounds like an interesting book. I hadn’t heard of that one yet.

    Beckys last blog post..Brennan’s Sweater

  89. I hadn’t heard of this book before. I love books about knitting. Would love to win it.

  90. Sounds like a great book!

    Wow, I *so* agree on the slow delivery rates lately! I order a lot online and lately it seems like EVERYTHING takes at LEAST twice as long as it used to. I had an experience at Christmas that clinched it for me. We had a fair bit of snow and I was working at home (meaning STUCK. IN. THE. HOUSE.) the whole week before Christmas. The USPS was, however, out and doing deliveries. A full week AFTER Christmas I finally got a package from my sister (mailed nearly 3 weeks before) and scrawled on the outside of the package was “attempted delivery 12/22” by the post office. Attempted delivery? How? I was home? NOBODY got their fanny out of the delivery vehicle to go to the door. PLUS, they always leave my packages by the front door when I’m not home so it was some delivery person who didn’t want to get cold who tried to cover their butt by scribbling some note and then nobody bothered to leave a note or attempt (ha!) redelivery for over a week.

    I better slide that soapbox back under the bed – you really touched on something that has been bugging me lately.

  91. I’d love to get a copy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    MaxJerzs last blog post..action alert: headache on the hill

  92. I’d love to read the book. Have you ever tried the Signature Needles in doublepoints? They cost quite a bit – actually too much to even test one but if they are great I’d buy them.

  93. I don’t think that the USPS has anything on Canada Post. Here the system is so messed up that it actually generally costs less money to ship to the states than it does to ship within Canada. Or at least with postal rates being what they are there it might as well be that way. I can’t help but shake my head at it. You’d think that if you are paying that much it would at least be reliable.

    The book sounds like a great and interesting read ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to get a chance to do so myself.

  94. Another giveaway! I wrote a term paper (about ten years ago) on the history of knitting. I’ll bet this book is a lot more fun to read. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Meanwhile, I’m back working on my third Kiri shawl during lunch breaks. Some day it too shall come off the needles….
    My niece is a local mail carrier. I’ll have to ask her what’s up with the slow service.

  95. I’d love the new book – it sounds great! Love the history! Thanks for the chance!

    Agree about the postal service; it seems to take far too long. And the needles…many kinds for many folks – I guess I’m glad we don’t all like the same ones.

  96. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I’d love to read the book, too!

    Beautiful photo of Lucy.

  97. Hi Wendy! That sounds like a totally fun book, and I’d love to read it.

    My kitties love the eau du poulet, too! But they’re both old farts and getting really picky. I have one that would much rather have filet mignon and cheddar cheese, and the other prefers peanut butter. Of course such things happen so rarely that I’m surprised they even remember. But, they say some of the strongest memories are attached to smells, so maybe it’s true for cats, too!

    I haven’t tried the square needles yet. They’re supposed to be easier on the hands, so I’ll have to seek them out and see what happens.

    Be well,


    TrishD in MDs last blog post..Mine Enemy the Yarn

  98. Theresa in Italy says:

    Sounds like a good book, please throw my hat into the ring! Or into the maw of the Random Number Generator (I envision it as one of those enormous talking machines with lot of flashing lights that always turn up in the last reel of bad sci-fi movies).

    About the postal service—you’re right. Anything coming from the States takes longer to reach me, what with distance, customs, and the sometimes abysmal handling by the Posta Italiana, but lately it’s been unusually slow. I ordered a booklet (lightweight, shipped in a regular envelope, no need to go through customs) at the beginning of this month and I’m still waiting.

    And I second your opinion of Angelika’s Yarn Store—I’ve always had great service from her!

  99. I’d love to read it. I’m going on a trip soon and it would be great to take along. I echo the sentiments about Angelika’s Yarn Store. She is very responsive to orders and customer service is great. I always get really prompt service from her.

  100. I have never heard of that book before but it sounds like a very interesting read. Please enter me in the drawing for it.
    Also, its interesting how some people love perfumes and others don’t. I have yet to find a perfume that doesn’t make me sneeze or my eyes water. I think I am allergic to something common to almost all perfumes. Personally I use a little dab of a pure essential oil, such as cedar, peppermint, or vanilla, when I want to smell like something other than the human that I am. I find that the oils bother people a lot less than real perfume, and I know I’ve seen a few places that mix perfumes from just those oils and a base. I do wonder if they wouldn’t be so strong as to overwhelm or bother anyone’s allergies.